TLS review of Oliver Ready’s Persisting in Folly

Oliver Ready’s Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963–2013 has been reviewed in this week’s issue of the TLS. The review is available to subscribers here. The theme of foolishness has long occupied an unusually prominent place in Russian culture, touching on key questions of national, spiritual, and intellectual identity. In literature, … Continue reading

Review of Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013

    Oliver Ready’s Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013 has been reviewed by Josh Billings in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Please click here to read the review.     The theme of foolishness has long occupied an unusually prominent place in Russian culture, touching on key questions of … Continue reading

Oliver Ready speaking at Pushkin House in London

Oliver Ready, author of Persisting in Folly: Russian Writers in Search of Wisdom, 1963-2013, will be speaking about his book at the Pushkin House in London on Tuesday 20 June 2017. The title of his talk will be ‘Schools for Fools? The Cult of Folly in Recent Russian Writing’. Click here to register for the … Continue reading

From Orientalism to Cultural Capital published

From Orientalism to Cultural Capital presents a fascinating account of the wave of Russophilia that pervaded British literary culture in the early twentieth century. The authors bring a new approach to the study of this period, exploring the literary phenomenon through two theoretical models from the social sciences: Orientalism and the notion of «cultural capital» … Continue reading

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